Saturday, May 31, 2008

Salad days
Shakespeare used the phrase 'salad days' in Antony & Cleopatra. When Cleopatra lavishes praise on her new love, Antony, one of her attendants reminds the queen that she once felt the same for Caesar.

Cleopatra replies that she was in her 'salad days, when I was green in judgment: cold in blood.'

Cleopatra meant it as, youthfully naive, but it has come to mean the best days of one's youth, when life is still full of unexplored potential.

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